Psychology (Applied)

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

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Applied Psychology, BTEC (2016) Level 3 National Extended Certificate AF-PSYC3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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In the first year of the course you will study a range of psychological approaches and their applications to real life situations (assessed externally). You will explore four key approaches in Psychology (social, cognitive, learning and biological) and apply these approaches to issues relevant to contemporary society. You will also learn how to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through your own psychological research project. This will improve your employability skills and help you see the practical implications of your findings. In the second year of the course you will learn about Health Psychology (assessed externally) and Applied Sport Psychology where you will benefit from our partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation including lectures from professionals and opportunities to visit the Chelsea FC training ground.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for you if you prefer coursework.

You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in science GCSE.

On this two year course at HSDC Alton, you will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Unit 2 – Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3 – Health Psychology
  • Unit 7 – Applied Sport Psychology

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by examination. Units 2 and 7 are assessed by completing assignments. The assignments combine individual research and taught theory and are based on realistic situations.

42% coursework and 58% exam based.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Psychology, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points.

You must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC National Certificate and the full two years of the course to receive the full BTEC National Extended Certificate.

The cost for trips will be approximately £25.

This course could lead to careers in:

Sports Psychology (see our partnership with the Chelsea Football Club Foundation), Occupational Health and Child Psychology.

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